Owens lauds Obama’s request to Congress

U.S. Rep. Bill Owens has announced his support for President Barack Obama’s handling of Syria.

“I am encouraged by the president’s decision to seek Congressional authorization before carrying out any military action in Syria,” Owens said in a press release.

Owens also reiterated his opposition to putting troops on the ground in Syria.

“In the coming days I will decide how to cast my vote by listening to constituents and reviewing the president’s case for any proposed mission,” Owens said in the release. “Specifically, I will seek details about any proposed mission’s duration, cost and objectives, the most important of which is whether or not U.S. military action could prevent the future use of chemical weapons in Syria. I remain opposed to placing United States troops on the ground.”

In a televised address from the White House Rose Garden on Saturday, Obama said he would seek Congressional approval before carrying out military action in Syria, even though he thinks such action is necessary.

The statement came after Syria allegedly used chemical weapons against its own people, an attack that killed hundreds in a Damascus suburb on Aug. 21. The Syrian government denied any involvement with the attack.

U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have said they would support a limited strike on Syria.